It’s the best time of year to cozy up on the couch with a warm cup of cocoa and a good flick, as well as a good read! Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas movie guide has got you covered when it comes to all the holiday feels. To keep all the lovey-dovey holiday vibes going, here’s a list of holiday romance books to read after you watch these Hallmark holiday movies.
There’s nothing like a holiday wedding to make you feel all warm and fuzzy and a cold winter day! Once you see Jingle Bell Bride, you’ll want to read The Christmas Backup Plan by Lori Wilde. Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially when you suffer an unexpected injury before the big day. As if that wasn’t bad enough, all of Aria’s perfect plans get shaken up like a snow globe when a wild storm strikes. The plot thickens when she ends up being stuck with someone unexpected, but suddenly the icicles start to melt and your heart will, too.
If you can’t get enough of the royals, watch One Royal Holiday, then read A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday. Princess Marie of Eldovia never thought she’d be in the back of a cab, but with her mother’s passing and father’s depression, she needed a change of scenery. There’s something about her driver that she finds endearing and asks him to be her chauffeur for the remainder of the trip. Thinking he’ll make a lot of money, he agrees. Little did this unlikely pair know that Christmas magic was making its way into both of their hearts.
When you’re done watching On the 12th Day of Christmas, pick up a copy of The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss. Dating can be challenging but dating during the holidays is a whole other story. Kate was just about to throw in the towel when her best friend signed her up with a dating service. With only twenty-three days left until Christmas, that means twelve dates with twelve potential mates – what could go wrong? Everything! You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you’ll be rooting for Kate as she attempts to find her perfect partner.
Once you’ve seen Never Kiss a Main in a Christmas Sweater, let the holiday cheer carry on by reading In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren. Maelyn Jones has a case of the holiday blues and when she asks the universe to show her what will make her happy, the answer she gets will send her on uproarious Groundhog Day adventure full of humor and chaos. Laugh along as Mae tries to make her way out of this strange cycle to enjoy the magic of the holidays and maybe even meet the man of her dreams.
After you see A Timeless Christmas, stay in the holiday spirit by reading RaeAnne Thayne’s Christmas at Holiday House. Abby is thrilled to throw herself into decorating the historic home, Holiday House, for the winter season. However, she has to contend with grumpy Ethan, who is less than excited about the task. As they start working together, sparks fly, and Ethan’s cold heart starts to melt. Love is in the air as these two discover the magic of the holidays together.
When you’re finished watching The Christmas House, you’ll want to read Karen Schaler’s Christmas Ever After (written by the author of Netflix’s A Christmas Prince!). After Riley mentions her past love in a televised interview, three of her ex’s come running to make things right. Totally caught off guard, she begins to rekindle the old flame…with all of them! As Riley navigates each relationship and the power of second chances, she starts to realize what true love really means to her.
Once you stream A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado, you’ll want to read The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson. This Christmas, Emma decides to trade in the Arizona desert for snowy Colorado. When musician Tyler Prescott lays his eyes on Emma, he decides to stay in town and pretend to be the handyman of the rental house. But when Emma’s friend finds out who he really is, things quickly turn into a twisted love triangle!
If you’re staying in town for the holidays, watch Good Morning Christmas!, then read A California Christmas by Brenda Novak. Emery’s hopes and dreams of becoming a big time TV anchor are shattered when a sex tape goes viral! Humiliated and swearing off men, she retreats to Silver Springs to start over. Before she knows it, she finds herself reunited with Dallas Turner and things begin to turn around. This book will have you believing that everything really does happen for a reason.
If you enjoyed watching Cross Country Christmas!, you’ll want to read The Brightest Star by Fern Michaels. With online shopping threatening Lauren’s family business, she is on a mission to make Razzle Dazzle Décor have its best year yet. Along the way, she meets a man who is everything she’s been looking for…except that he is part of Globalgoods.com, a company that stands for everything she is against. With a conflicted heart, Lauren knows that all she can do is wish upon a star and wait for the magic to happen.
If you liked Christmas Comes Twice, you’ll love Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber. Everly thought she was going on a much needed vacation, but soon discovers that her assistant booked her a trip to the Amazon! Stuck in the rainforest with no internet or connection with the outside world, she starts to find comfort in Asher Adams and begins to reassess her busy lifestyle. As the trip starts to near its ending, Everly and Asher must decide if this new romance will last beyond the holidays.
Once you watch A Christmas Carousel, you’ll want to read The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward. Riley Kennedy’s emails are constantly getting mixed up Kennedy Riley’s and he is not too nice about it. Luckily, they work in different locations and never have to see each other. Until they do. When they finally connect in person at the company holiday party, Riley finds him irresistible and agrees to have a pretend relationship with him for the holidays. As their make-believe relationship starts to feel more like reality, these two must decide if the showmance will continue after the snow melts.
After watching Love, Lights, Hanukkah!, let the celebration continue by reading Miracles and Menorahs by Stacey Agdern. Sarah Goldman loves everything about Hanukkah and couldn’t be happier to head up her town’s annual festival. So, when she gets the news that the event might not happen, she scrambles to find a solution. When she asks well-known sculptor, Isaac Lieberman, to contribute in an effort to help save the day, he scoffs at the idea of commercializing the holiday. However, there’s something about Sarah that starts to soften his hard edges and just might make him change his mind.
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